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I'm Glad About You Paperback – March 7, 2017
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Showbiz maven Rebeck paints a pretty bleak picture of Hollywood in this breezy, eye-opening behind-the-scenes expose of what it means to be a star in today's fast-paced, media-blitzing celebrity world. Alison Moore leaves her Cincinnati home, and, not incidentally, Kyle Wallace, the high school boyfriend with whom she's had a tumultuous, on-again/off-again relationship for yearsâcomplicated by his strict conformity to Catholicismâand follows her dream of being an actor. A bit part in a New York City-based television drama propels her into a leading role in a TV series, and then she gets a big break to star in a major motion picture. Kyle, now a pediatrician, finds himself on the rebound in the clutches of a manipulative woman who engineers a whirlwind romance and marriage; but he and Alison, who periodically run into each other when she comes back to Cincinnati, never lose the spark between them. Rebeck takes on a lot, including the vagaries of entertainment media which can be the catalyst to overnight success and failure, as well as the problematic impact religion has on Kyle's life choices. Still, she entertainingly gets her message across that celebrity is not as fabulous as it looks and that people who follow their dreams need to stay true to themselves to find true happiness. (Mar.)\n --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"Rebeck's tale of two star-crossed Midwesterners passed my screen test with flying colors. . . . I found myself more invested in [Alison and Kyle] than I've been in any thwarted couple since Ross and Rachel dominated Thursday nights . . . People will be talking about this one. Remember, you heard it here first." --Elisabeth Egan, The New York Times Book Review
“This tale of thwarted former high school sweethearts is a pleasurable blur of inside dish, major erotic energy and refreshing realism about love and destiny.” --People
“Bombshells, assemble: The Smash creator is once again training her shrewd spotlight on the inner workings of the entertainment industry, introducing a new can’t-help-but-cheer-for-her ingénue. . . . [A] smart, heartfelt tale about the price of our dreams—and whether they’re ultimately worth it.” —Entertainment Weekly
“The playwright and creator of NBC’s Smash takes inspiration from two characters in classic literature to tell the story of what happens when you find your true love too young. . . . Throughout the adventures and disappointments of their 20s, neither [Alison nor Kyle] can stop wondering what would have happened if they’d ended up together.” --Time
“Can small-town romance compete with big-ticket success? The award-winning playwright and creator of NBC’s Smash examines how love fits into the fame game.” --Cosmopolitan
“Crazy, Stupid, Love meets Notting Hill. About an actress making it big and the complicated relationship she has with the guy she met as a teenager. You’ll read it in two days." —The Skimm
“How is this not a blockbuster? . . . [O]ne of the sharpest, funniest, swerviest novels of the year. . . . Rebeck masterfully moves the characters along cliché-free trajectories that actually resemble life itself.” –-New York Post
“[This] unputdownable novel pairs the competing fates of two former lovers . . . both defined by their inability to forget the other.” --Vogue.com
“Like Nick Hornby and David Nicholls, Rebeck possesses an effortless prose style that edifies as much as it entertains . . . Rebeck delivers some hilarious riffs on the venal nature of show business, even as she also imparts some hard truths on the need for compromise in relationships." --Booklist
“Theresa Rebeck’s smart, funny, deeply sympathetic, and astringently observant novel gets everything right—what we say and don’t say, how we see ourselves and how we want to be seen, the dream and the realities of love, the rewards that are offered and the sacrifices required from anyone who wants to lead an interesting and meaningful life: in the theater, in the city, in the world.” --Francine Prose
“Rebeck’s comedic and heartbreaking love story, I’m Glad About You, is anything but predictable. From Hollywood red carpets to Midwestern mansions, Rebeck takes us on a wild ride through the lives of two high-school sweethearts who just can’t seem to get it right . . . a refreshingly honest character study that explores how flawed people attempt to build a love that thrives in a messy, complicated world.” --BookPage
“Rebeck’s sharply funny I’m Glad About You is a cautionary tale – choose your dreams with your eyes open.” --Vanity Fair
“A rare honest story about love, ambition, and compromise. . . . The snappy dialogue and plot you'd expect from a veteran dramatist plus the rich exploration of character that novels are made for.” --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Nobody writes more fiercely and honestly about show business than Theresa Rebeck. Allison, the heroine of this novel, discovers that answered prayers can be as frustrating as unanswered ones. Her journey made me laugh and cry.”--Erica Jong, New York Times bestselling author of Fear of Flying
“Rebeck gives us those ‘summer night’ feels . . . A story about a young couple who fall for each other in the most unpredictable way and somehow find their way back to one another again. Why you should read it: It’s a classic Danny meets Sandy story, with a modern spin.” --Buzzfeed.com, “5 Must-Read Books If You Loved Grease: Live”
“With searing insights about the world of show business from industry insider Theresa Rebeck, this book is about relationships, and what we do in order to make our dreams come true." —PopSugar
“Rebeck . . . puts her showbiz expertise to good use, following a young actress in NYC. While Alison’s future looks bright, she can’t shake the memory of an old flame.” --Us Weekly
“As we follow Alison’s rise, it’s clear we’re in Rebeck’s wheelhouse; the Cincinnati-born playwright and novelist is good at pulling back the curtain on the entertainment industry… [In the end] the path Rebeck has laid for these conflicted characters feels all too real." —Cincinnati Magazine
“A story about two high school kids, Alison and Kyle, who fall in love but go their separate ways, Alison to be an actress and Kyle to become a doctor. Find out what happens (that’s far from the end of the story) in this novel by Theresa Rebeck.” --Parade.com
“It’s easy to dismiss this type of relationship-based book as fluffy chick lit. In this case, it would be inaccurate… [Kyle and Alison] illustrate an important lesson: Go ahead and follow your dreams, but pause now and then to make sure those dreams are worth chasing.” --Roanoke Times
“Stars: They’re just like us! . . . Theresa Rebeck delivers an impressive novel about deciding what you want from your career, relationships, and life." —Bookish
"At times funny, at others sad, we loved the tenderhearted characters and relatable storyline that almost begs you to take a second look at the choices of your past before landing on an ending that is heartbreaking in its honesty." --domino.com
“This novel is wise. And funny. And brave. Rebeck skewers her targets with fierce wit and impeccable timing. But her dry-eyed empathy for those who follow brittle dreams is what resonates. Haunted by the ideals they've abandoned, her characters are dogged, often courageous, and thoroughly human.”--Rachel Urquhart, author of The Visionist
"Witty, layered, and often profound . . . an exploration of the sometimes hilarious, other times disastrous, repercussions of unconsummated young love. --Buffalo News
"From the perils of celebrity culture to the heartbreak of a broken dream, the novel follows two mismatched souls as they search for the lives they were meant to live." --Notre Dame Magazine
“This book went way beyond a fun, bright cover. It was emotional, funny and dramatic all in one. I loved the take on the three phases in their lives as it was interesting to see their characters develop, clearly something that Rebeck is a master at. I’m Glad About You is a perfect spring read; charming and breezy.” —Bliss, Beauty, and Books blog
“[A] breezy, eye-opening behind-the-scenes exposé of what it means to be a star in today's fast-paced, media-blitzing celebrity world. [Rebeck] entertainingly gets her message across that celebrity is not as fabulous as it looks and that people who follow their dreams need to stay true to themselves to find true happiness.” --Publishers Weekly
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I cannot figure out what the author was trying to say. I do not need a happy or sad ending. In fact I do not need an ending in the sense that things are wrapped up. Some of my favorite books are brilliantly unspoiled by not letting us know how things worked out for the characters you fell in love with. I do however, want to have some feeling of understanding of what the writer was trying to say. Maybe that is from me getting a degree in English which more than anything is many semesters of trying to figure out what was being said). Good books usually are fairly clear on what they are saying. Great books often will have multiple readers seeing something different. This book just seems to be devoid of that.
The characters have some depth. People are not one dimensional (well, some 2nd or 3rd tier ones are as is normal). No one is really a good person. No one (save for one side character) is really a bad person. There are complex scenes where no one is all in the right or all in the wrong. That is all stuff of great books. But it ultimately seems to come down to a report of things. Almost like a reporter without any bias writing about what they observe. The reader is like - come on! give me your take on what is going on.
Ok, one could argue the following might have very high level spoilers. Read at your own risk.
This book covers:
-young love that never truly fades away.
-marriages that are without love and maybe have always been that way
-lying, stealing, cheating and possibly sexual assault.
-Catholicism (and since religion is very touchy for some, I think this book is neither pro or con, but covers aspects of how people feel on both sides)
-sibling and family relationships
-midwest vs NYC/LA sensibilities
-sex as a tool within the world of fame
-the struggle and process of making it in show biz
and probably a few other things.
I enjoyed reading it for the most part. But as some other reviewer pointed out . . . about half way through I started to get concerned I would never really see what the writer was trying to say. As I got down to 10% left I basically knew I would never know but wondered if some hacky ending would put a bow on it (I guess credit to Rebeck for not doing that if her desire was to stick to this style). As such, I kinda just said - what the ????
I struggle to recommend this book. Yet I would probably read another book by her as I think there is no question of real talent.
So I guess the point is that you can make a mistake early on in your life and then you and the people around you are doomed to deal with it forever.
Or that you can do all the things to get what you want, and it looks good on paper, but your life actually sucks because you are letting everyone else tell you how to live.
Either way, it wasn't super compelling or interesting if a plot line. I was mostly just annoyed by the dumb decisions the main characters kept making.
It almost feels like I was cheated out of a happy ending. After going through their whole lives after college and they still didn't find what they're looking for. Very disappointing. The author did a fabulous job of making all of the characters very human and living through the every day detritus that makes up your life but I was really rooting for them to have the happy ending, to figure out that they need each other and they need to fix what was between them.
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It was OK. Not great, not horrible. Felt really long.Read more